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This study investigates Users Perception of the role of Academic Library in Private Universities in Delta State. Thus, the study outlined among others, the types of services provided, meaning of the concept users. To achieve this study, four (4) research objectives were formulated and they are: To identify the services of academic library; To ascertain users perception of academic libraries and their services; To know the various challenges that bedevil academic libraries in providing their services; Outline possible ways to remedy challenges of academic libraries. The study adopted a descriptive research method which gives room for the collection of data through questionnaire. The data collected were presented using frequency distribution, tables, and percentage. Data collected were also interpreted and analyzed to arrive at the findings of the study. The study discovered among others, that the respondents centred majorly on online public access catalogue services followed by constant provision of light in the library, locating books and journals for users, constant internet browsing services, Provision of reprographic/photocopying services, Presence of cataloguing and classification services, Effective reference services etc thought of the users towards the services that are been provided by the various institutions is on the positive side it was discovered that the determination of budget by the founder and the board of trustees, followed by High rate of price for books in the country, Noncompliance by management to the request of the academic library staff , Lack of acquaintance with recent trends and skills in the profession. The study was concluded by giving recommendations to the above challenges outlined.